It’s Christmas!

Feeling super festive, I’ve been working on wanted on my cards for Christmas. I used several dies which is outside my wheelhouse and my stamping was really all about creating a nice background for my die cut letters – hope you like it!

I started off by using Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp set to create a panel that can be used as a background. Concord and 9ths turnabout stamps are really unique because there are so many options with one stamp set! They do however require a stamping tool. I use My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool but really any stamping tool will work. You MAY be able to use a very large stamping block…but that’s not something I’ve ever tried.

I opted to go full out with it for this card. Here’s are the basics behind turnabout stamps. First things first…the jig. The Jig is a plastic template that you place down in your stamping tool to line up your panel. There are little corner marks to show you exactly where your paper should be placed, as well as numbers in the top right corner of each side – 1, 2, 3 & 4 so you know which side you’re rotating/stamping on. Then you place your cardstock – I used a bit of removable tape runner to the back of the card panel to help it stay in place temporarily. I’m using an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then in the stamp set, there’s an acetate sheet with a giant ‘X’ on it as well as some printed portion of the stamp. You’re going to line that up with your jig and paper so that the center point is in the center of your panel.

Then you’re going to line up your stamp with the printed images on on the acetate sheet, then close your stamping tool and the stamp will get picked up on the cover of your stamping tool ready to be stamped. Just remember to remove your acetate template before stamping.

I opted to stamp my greenery using Altenew’s Just Green Crisp Dye Ink. Then…you rotate the jig (with the card panel still stuck to it) to the next number. I started off with my jig in position 1 (top right corner), so I rotated the jig so that number 2 was now in the top right corner. I inked the stamp up again, and stamped it down. You’ll see that the panel is starting to fill up with the greenery in a really cool pattern. You can always opt to stop here, or to change the colour you’re stamping with, however I opted to use the same colour for all the greenery.

Turn to position 3 in the top right corner….ink, stamp….rotate to position 4, ink stamp….done with the greenery!

In this particular stamp set, there’s a second stamp with berries. You can opt to just have the greenery, just have the berries or do both…I’m doing both. So same process. I started back in position #1, applied the acetate template for the berry stamp, lined up the berry stamp, then started stamping.

Same process – ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate….done! Below shows the completed panel with all of the greenery and the berries stamped out.

This would make a really great background, but for this particular card, I’m die cutting the word “NOEL” using EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies. I made sure the letters were lined up with proper spacing, then I used a piece of purple tape to keep everything together. I placed it onto my stamped panel, ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine (any die cutting machine will work here). Voila….a really cool patterned “NOEL”, plus…I can use the negative space on another card! I love being able to get two cards out of one technique!

Then on to my base panel. I stared with an embossing folder from Darice with a really cute Christmas pattern on an A2 panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I took the bow out of Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143 die set, and a piece of Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson and ran it through my die cutting machine again to get a really sparkly bow 🙂

Then I grabbed a wreath die I found in my stash – I don’t have the details for it as it’s an older die, but I loved the size of this wreath. I ran the die through my die cutting machine twice with a piece of DCVW Green Shimmer Cardstock to get two subtle sparkly wreaths.

Then I put everything together….I trimmed down the embossed panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches, then adhered it to an A2 card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. Then I placed all of the dies..starting with the wreaths. I staggered both wreath die cuts to get a fuller looking wreath. I then placed the sparkly bow, using some pieces of Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape to give the bow a bit of dimension.

Then I lined up the “NOEL” letter die cuts at the bottom of the panel and eyeballed the spacing a bit. I started with the first and last letters, then aligned the center letters….this allows for a bit of better placement overall.

That’s it! Lots of different elements to this card, but I feel like it really came together nicely. I paired the card with a Christmas red envelope to finish things off.

Stamps/Dies/Embossing Folders:
Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143

Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp

-Darice Embossing Folder

-EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-DCVW Shimmer Cardstock

Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)0

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Polychromatic

Colour, colour and more colour! What about different shades of the same colour? Also known as monochromatic. I know, I know…the first thing you think of when you hear ‘monochromatic’ is grey, black….white? It doesn’t have to be limited to that however. As a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program I’ve taken a lot of very interesting classes. Another one is called ‘Polychromatic‘ – essentially colour! I’ve been doing a lot of projects with pops of colour and I thought it would be a great idea to challenge myself a bit and try something I’ve never actually done before..so…below is a card that’s my take on monochromatic.

 

I started off with Altenew’s Scribbled Flowers stamp set. Instead of starting off with my usual Neenah Solar White cardstock I started off with an A2 sized panel of Gina K. Cardstock – Sweet Mango.

I wanted an image that wasn’t overly crisp to help give a more organic and artsy feel to the card. This stamp set is perfect for that. I used the largest flower in the stamp set, which has two layers. I stamped the first layer using Altenew’s Sunkissed Crisp Dye Ink.

I opted to go one shade darker for the second layer so I grabbed Altenew’s Snapdragon Crisp Dye Ink.

For the sentiment I opted to do a birthday sentiment, so I used Altenew’s – Birthday Builder stamp set. I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder on a strip of Simon Says Stamps Vellum. Then I used Simon Says Stamp’s Sentiment Label Dies to get a clean cut on the sentiment strip.

I cut down my stamped panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches, then I adhered the sentiment strip to the bottom right portion of the panel. In order to adhere the vellum strip to the stamped panel, I added a few drops of liquid glue behind the head embossed letters, then I wrapped the right end of the sentiment strip and glued it down on the back of the panel to ensure it’s secure.

I stamped the same flower on the coordinating envelope.

Then I opted to add a few of Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals on the left side of the card only.

It’s a simple card that uses one shade of orange for a pop of colour.

Altenew Stamps:

Scribbled Flowers (Altenew)

Birthday Builder (Altenew)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Sunkissed (Altenew)

Snapdragon (Altenew)

Other Supplies:

Gina K. Cardstock – Sweet Mango (GKD)

-Simon Says Stamps Vellum(SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Sentiment Label Dies(SSS)

-Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder(SSS)

Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals (SSS)

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Tools:

Crystal Katana Jewel Picker (SSS)

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Level 1 Final Project (Part 2): HIS Cards

I’ve finally competed the level 1 courses of the Altenew Educator Certification Program and have now moved onto the Final Challenge of Level 1. This by no means is a simple challenge but it was very useful as it helped to push me a bit more with my card making. I’ve made sets of cards before but never with such specific requirements!

My Masculine Set (details below) :


Requirements:

  • Select ANY 3 components from the classes in Level 1 (e.g., layering 1/2, Let it shine, stencil techniques)
  • Explain the 3 components that you’ve chosen for the project
  • Create a His and Her Card Set birthday/graduation/encouragement cards (your choice) as a gift sets. This makes TWO sets one Masculine and one Feminine. Each card (with various sentiments) can vary a little bit, but it should have a similar and cohesive theme as the rest of the set.
  • Each card set should consist of 4-6 cards
  • Also, use one recycle element on a set or its packaging.
  • The minimum card number is six (up to 12) per set. You will also design how you package the sets as a gift. Be creative!
  • Challenge blog post: Detailed step-by-step photo tutorial and/or YouTube video
  • Minimum of 10 photos (close-up and process)
  • So.. Not simple! This is going to be rather long post as I will be showing a total of 12 cards. So I’ve opted to split it into two posts (slightly easier to read I think) – 1 for the ‘Her’ Cards (this post) and 1 for the ‘His’ cards (posted here). I hope I can pass along what I’ve learned from Altenew’s Educator Certification Program Level 1.

There are so many great classes and so may amazing techniques. For this challenge, I opted to use:

– Easy Die Cutting Techniques

– This class covers all of the basic die cutting techniques, like Stamps and Coordinating dies, to more elaborate techniques, like Inlaid die cutting. I’ll be using Inlaid Die Cutting, Embossing with Dies, Negative Die Cutting and Stamps and Matching Dies throughout both my sets.

– Clean and Simple Boutique Cards

– I LOVE Clean and Simple cards. Do I exclusively create CAS (Clean and Simple) cards? Nope! This class is one of my favourites as it really shows you how to add some amazing details to your cards to help them pop while keeping a very clean look. I’ll be using Simple Styling, Stamped Backgrounds, Metallic Details, Letterpress and Luxury Papers throughout my sets as well to help my cards stand out.

– Let It shine:

– This class is all about adding details that can really help your cards stand out, from embellishments and heat embossing to foiling and specialty cardstock. I usually like adding at least one element to my cards to add a pop, be it Nuvo Drops, SEQUINS, Shimmer Pen Accents or Glitter and Metallic papers. This class was right up my alley and also showed me that something I use every day adds pizzazz – Heat Embossing. Throughout my sets, I’ll be using embellishments, heat embossing, Metallic Paper and Shimmer pens to help add a bit of pop to my cards.

I’ll be incorporating one element from each of those classes on every single card. I’ve mentioned the supplies used for each card in the descriptions and also at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy!

Since this is such a long post, I’ve split the Feminine “HER” card sets and the Masculine “HIS” card sets into separate posts. The HER card set can be found here.

CARD #1 Hello Card:


I started with Altenew’s Weekend Doodles stamp set. They have this really cute little leaf stamp which I thought would be perfect to create a background. I didn’t want it to be symmetrical, but instead give great coverage over the card. Since the image is so small it doesn’t feel overwhelming across the panel. I used Altenew Parrot ink for the leaves. 

Now, Onto the sentiment / die cut element. I chose Altenew’s mega Hello die and placed it over the background for placement. I went ahead and die cut out this very lovely sentiment die. I’ll be using the leftover panel with the cutout and leave the die cut for another card later. I made sure that I kept the little pieces inside the cut out to fill in the word clearly.

I cut a piece of Black Shimmer cardstock to measure approximately 5.25×4 inches to add an element of shine as per the Let It Shine class. I adhered the leaf panel to it so that the die cut out was visible in shimmer black. I dry fitted the hello word due cut out so that I would know where to place the little bits that pop out when you die cut.

I added some liquid adhesive in those spots and clearly popped those pieces in, then removed the word to save for later.

To make a coordinating envelope, I took the same leaf stamp and stamped it a couple times in Parrot ink.

And Card #1 is complete!

Card #2: Sympathy Card:

I started with Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set and stamped of of the larger leaves on the panel to create a background as per the Clean and Simple class. 

I went ahead and die cut the leaves out. I’ll save the actual leaf cut outs for another card in this set.

I took a Sympathy sentiment from the Fresh Freesia stamp set and head embossed it on Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embossing powder. 

I also stamped a couple of the leaves on the coordinating envelope.


Then I cut down a panel of green shimmer paper to approximately 4 x 5.5 inches and adhered the die cut panel to it so allow the shimmer paper to show through the die cuts as well as on the sides of the card. This is called using the negative space of the die cut. I really like this technique as it adds a bit of pop to a relatively simple card. I also added some Nuvo drops to add an element of shine to the card without using gems. I adhered the vellum strip about 3/4 of the way down the panel.

Card #2 is complete!

Card#3: Thank you Card

I love the looks of wreaths, so I thought having a wreath card would be nice. I also love at the look of embossing with die cuts – I think this is my favourite technique from the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class. 

I started with Altenew’s Weekend Doodles stamp set and stamped the lined wreath on a scrap piece of white cardstock using Shadow Creek Dye Ink and die cut the image out. 

I then dry embossed Altenew’s Gradient Lines Cover die on a panel of white cardstock. When dry embossing a die, remember to use your embossing mat. It makes the difference between leaving and impression (dry embossing) vs. cutting the image out (die cutting). Then I pulled a small “Thank You” stamp from Altenew’s Thank You Builder stamp set. I needed to make sure it would fit nicely inside the wreath once everything was put together. I prepped the card based with my anti static powder bag and used Versafine Black Onyx ink and Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing powder and head embossed the sentiment near the top of the card. 

I cut a panel of Black Shimmer paper to measure approximately 4×5.25 inches. I cut my main embossed panel down to approximately 3.75 x 5 inches and adhered it to the Black Shimmer paper to allow a small border of shimmer paper. 

I added foam squares unto the back of my die cut wreath and adhered it around the Thank You sentiment.

Then I adhered everything to a White A2 card base.

I took one of the small sprig stamps from the same set – it looks pretty similar to the pattern on the wreath so it was perfect – and stamped it on the coordinating envelope in the same colour. Voila! A clean and simple card, with interesting die cutting techniques and shimmer! I love the simplicity of this card. It’s definitely a card I’ll remake in the future. 


Card #4: Happy Birthday Card:

So I absolutely LOVE the way this card came out. I love the pattern, the Inlay…just love it.

I started off with Altenew’s Engagement Wishes stamp set and took one of the large leaves and stamped it in Sweet Leaf Die ink. I think that name is soooo appropriate here! 🙂

I repeated the pattern, being sure to turn the image with each stamp for some variation through the panel.

Using Altenew’s Maga Happy Die, I cut out the word Happy from the panel. By the way…Altenew’s Mega Dies are AWESOME (I’ve used several in this challenge).

I also cut out this die two more times in white cardstock so that I can stack the die cut word together for some added dimension. 

I adhered all the layers together and ended up with a panel with the word Happy cut out, and the word Happy. I was very careful to make sure that I didn’t lose any of the negative space in the word since I’d be putting it all back as is. 

I took a Birthday sentiment from Altenew’s Mega Greeting 2 stamp set and white heat embossed it using Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster embossing poweder unto Black Shimmer Paper. 

I cut down the sentiment into a smaller rectangular strip and adhered is near the bottom on the right below the cut out. 

I cut down another piece of that black shimmer cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhered the die cut panel to it. Right now, the happy is nicely cut out with a Shimmery black cardstock showing behind. I could’ve stopped right here as it’s quite lovely, but I wanted an Inlay…so I kept going. 

I added back the stacked die cut word into the open space. Have the die cut stacked adds dimension, so while it’s still quite subtle, in real life it’s very visually appealing.

I also stamped the same leaf using the same Ink colour on the envelope to coordinate.

And finally Card #4 is completed.

CARD #5: You Make My Heart Happy Card:

Alright – this card I hesitated with multiple times throughout the process. It wasn’t what i envisioned when I started, but I think it turned out pretty well in the end.

I started off with a leaf sprig from Altenew’s Weekend doodle stamp set in Volcano Lake dye ink. 

I repeated the pattern all over the panel until it was covered…here is where I hesitated as it didn’t turn out as crisp as I had hoped it would be. 

I then dry embossed the Gradient Dots Cover Die on Neenah Solar White Cardstock. It’s always important to remember to use your embossing mat when going for dry embossing (imprint on the cardstock) vs Die cutting (getting a clean deep cut through the cardstock)

I got a “You Make My Heart Happy” sentiment, but since I’ll be using the “Happy” from the Mega Happy Die set, I used a post it note to mask the “happy” part of the sentiment before inking it up with Versamark and stamping on Gina K Black Onyx cardstock. Alternatively, you could stamp the entire thing, pour the embossing powder then just brush off the portion you don’t need. As you can see below I didn’t get the cleanest mask off so I ended up just brushing off the little smidge that got powder on it. I then heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling embossing powder.

I then trimmed down my sentiment strip to fit my panel, then cut a fish tail on the internal edge for a bit of pizzazz and adhered to the upper portion of the panel. I also trimmed down two strips of Gina K Black Onyx cardstock to match the sentiment strip. This would just show to small black strips on either side of the panel. I then added this panel onto a white A2 cardbase.

I used the Altenew’s Mega Happy Die to cut out one image from the patterned leaf cardstock I made, and one from Gina K Black Onyx cardstock. I stacked the patterned Happy on top of the Black Happy and shifted it slightly over to create a shadow. The shadow helps to break up the two busy patters – the leaf pattern and the dry embossing.

Of course I also stamped the sprig on a coordinating envelope…and I’m done!

CARD #5: Thinking Of You Card:

Wondered where I was going to use those die cuts from Card #2? Right here!

I started with Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set and stamped of of the larger leaves on the panel and die cut them out.

I cut a panel of Gina K Black Onyx cardstock down to approximately 3.75×5 inches and dry fitted the leaves in a circular almost wreath like pattern in order to fit the Thinking of you sentiment from Altenew’s Thinking of You stamp set

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I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark ink and Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster embossing powder. I cut a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Fog cardstock to approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered the black panel on top. I then glued everything onto a white A2 card base.

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I glued down the leaves around the embossed sentiment.

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I added a little bit of “shine” by adding some Nuvo Stone Drops in Rusted Iron in between the leaves. I also stamped the same leaf on the coordinating envelope.

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And FINALLY, my card sets are complete!

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PACKAGING:

As a part of this challenge I was required to package these cards as a gift set. I opted to save my recycled item for the packaging. I found a really simple tutorial online by Catherine Pooler on how to make a simple card box. I opted to modify this tutorial to add a window in the cover of the box. I used old acetate packaging to make this window. The following will give a high level description of the process.

I started with two pieces of cardstock, one in grey for the base of the box, and one with Orange on one side and yellow on the other for the cover. I cut the panels down to 8 9/16 x 9 13/16 for the cover, and 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 for the base. 

I then scored both panels at two inches all the way around. Then snipped the corners to create the box folds. I used tape runner adhesive by Gina K to adhere the sides up and close the base of the box.

Learning from the box I made for the Feminine set, I cut out the panel for the acetate BEFORE taping the lid closed. I cut out a window that would be slightly smaller than my recycled acetate piece. I used liquid adhesive to adhere the acetate to the lid of the box. 

I wanted to add a bit of green to the inside of the box, and also to hide a bit of the acetate seams. So I cut strips of the green cardstock and adhered it to the inside around the window. Then I taped the lid of the box closed. 

I had some left over die cut pieces from my projects in this set, so I used them to decorate the outside of the box.

Having a “fancy” window in the lid of the box means that I can show off one of my cards, so I picked to display the “Thank You” Card. I also added some Nuvo drops in Bright Gold to the front of the box. I didn’t want anything to feminine, but wanted to add some shine to the packaging.

And Finally, the first part my Level 1 challenge is complete!

WANT TO SEE THE FEMININE CARD SET? HEAD OVER TO THE BLOG POST HERE.

PRODUCTS USED :

Altenew Stamps/Dies:

-Hello Card: Mega Hello Die, Weekend Doodles stamp set,

-Sympathy Card: Fresh Freesia, Charming Doodles,

– Thank You Card: Thank You Builder, Weekend Doodles stamp set, Gradient Stripes Cover Die,

Happy Birthday Card: Mega Happy Die, Engagement Wishes stamp set, Mega Greetings 2,

 

Thinking of You Card: Charming Doodles, Thinking of you,

Heart Happy Card: Weekend Doodles stamp set, Mega Happy Die, Halftone Cover Die, Floral Shadow Stamp Set,

Inks Used:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks (Colours listed in descriptions)

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Altenew’s Permanent Black Ink

Other Supplies:

-Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster,Gilded, Sterling, Icicle Embossing powder

-Nuvo Drops – Bright Gold, Pale Gold-Simon Says Stamp Vellum-DCWV Metallics Paper Pad-DCWV Shimmer Paper Pad

-Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Gina K Designs Cardstock (Black Onyx)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock (Fog)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks- Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Level 1 Final Project Part 1: Her Cards

I’ve finally competed the level 1 courses of the Altenew Educator Certification Program and have now moved onto the Final Challenge of Level 1. This by no means is a simple challenge but it was very useful as it helped to push me a bit more with my card making. I’ve made sets of cards before but never with such specific requirements!

My Feminine Set (details below) :

Requirements:

  • Select ANY 3 components from the classes in Level 1 (e.g., layering 1/2, Let it shine, stencil techniques)
  • Explain the 3 components that you’ve chosen for the project
  • Create a His and Her Card Set birthday/graduation/encouragement cards (your choice) as a gift sets. This makes TWO sets one Masculine and one Feminine. Each card (with various sentiments) can vary a little bit, but it should have a similar and cohesive theme as the rest of the set.
  • Each card set should consist of 4-6 cards
  • Also, use one recycle element on a set or its packaging.
  • The minimum card number is six (up to 12) per set. You will also design how you package the sets as a gift. Be creative!
  • Challenge blog post: Detailed step-by-step photo tutorial and/or YouTube video
  • Minimum of 10 photos (close-up and process)
  • So.. Not simple! This is going to be rather long post as I will be showing a total of 12 cards. So I’ve opted to spllt it into two posts (slightly easier to read I think) – 1 for the ‘Her’ Cards (this post) and 1 for the ‘His’ cards (posted here). I hope I can pass along what I’ve learned from Altenew’s Educator Certification Program Level 1.

There are so many great classes and so may amazing techniques. For this challenge, I opted to use:

– Easy Die Cutting Techniques

– This class covers all of the basic die cutting techniques, like Stamps and Coordinating dies, to more elaborate techniques, like Inlaid die cutting. I’ll be using Inlaid Die Cutting, Embossing with Dies, Negative Die Cutting and Stamps and Matching Dies throughout both my sets.

– Clean and Simple Boutique Cards

– I LOVE Clean and Simple cards. Do I exclusively create CAS (Clean and Simple) cards? Nope! This class is one of my favourites as it really shows you how to add some amazing details to your cards to help them pop while keeping a very clean look. I’ll be using Simple Styling, Stamped Backgrounds, Metallic Details, Letterpress and Luxury Papers throughout my sets as well to help my cards stand out.

– Let It shine:

– This class is all about adding details that can really help your cards stand out, from embellishments and heat embossing to foiling and specialty cardstock. I usually like adding at least one element to my cards to add a pop, be it Nuvo Drops, SEQUINS, Shimmer Pen Accents or Glitter and Metallic papers. This class was right up my alley and also showed me that something I use every day adds pizzazz – Heat Embossing. Throughout my sets, I’ll be using embellishments, heat embossing, Metallic Paper and Shimmer pens to help add a bit of pop to my cards.

I’ll be incorporating one element from each of those classes on every single card. I’ve mentioned the supplies used for each card in the descriptions and also at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy!

Since this is such a long post, I’ve split the Feminine “HER” card sets and the Masculine “HIS” card sets into separate posts. The HIS card set can be found here.

CARD #1: Hello Card

I started by stamping a small floral image from Altenew’s ‘Charming Doodles’ stamp set in a repeating pattern using Altenew’s Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink. I didn’t want to worry about having the pattern centered exactly, so I started slightly off center and went on from there.


I thought these would look amazing in a yellow, so I used Altenew’s  Buttercream. However, I found that this colour needed a little something. So I stamped the colour layer of the stamp a second time, but instead of using Buttercream again, I grabbed Altenew’s Warm Sunshine Dye Ink and inked up the layer stamp. But instead of stamping a full layer of Warm Sunshine, I used a dry microfiber cloth and dabbed off the ink from the center of the stamp so that the colour would only be added around the edges of the stamp – Perfect! You can see the subtle difference on the yellow flower on the far left of the image below.

I wanted to try the Inlaid Die Technique from the Easy Die cutting Techniques class. So using the coordinating die, I cut out there of the floral images on my card panel.

I also cut out six of the same floral shape on plain yellow cardstock for stacking.

I glued two of the yellow die cuts together, then glued one of the stamped floral images on the top.

I added a simple Heat embossed “Hello” from Altenew’s Floral Shadow stamp set. I prepped my card panel with an embossing bag to avoid getting stray embossing powder. I used Versafine Black Onyx to stamp the sentiment and then heat embossed using Brutus Monroes’ Icicle embossing powder. It just added a smidge of sheen to the sentiment …hello Let It Shine class!

To keep this card simple, I adhered my card panel to an A2 card base. But what about those die cut outs? Well….I took the stacked floral die cuts and placed them inside the cut outs for a really simple and clean stacked look.

To add a little more shine to this card, I used Tonic Glitter Drops in Honey Gold and added a small drop into the center of each flower, and Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals all over the card.

I wanted to create a coordinating envelope, so I used the same image and dye.


Voila, card #1 complete!

CARD #2: Sympathy Card

I like the look of embossing, so I thought for card #2 I’d emboss using Altenew’s Doodle Dots Cover Die. How ? Well….essentially you set up your cardstock as if you’re about to cut but use your embossing mat in your due cutting machine.

In order to minimize hiding the now beautifully embossed card panel, I used vellum for the sentiment. Altenew’s Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossoms stamp set has a beautiful Sympathy sentiment. I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark ink and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder. I then trimmed down the sentiment strip and cut a diagonal edge on the internal side of the strip.

I then stamped and die cut three of the long stalks from Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set. I stamped the colour layer using Altenew’s Chammomile and Marigold dye ink.


And of course it would look a little odd to have these stalks just floating, so I needed a small vase. I grabbed Altenew’s Beautiful You stamp set which has a really cute vase. I stamped it using Altenews Jet Black ink, then fussy cut it out. I used Picket Fences Life Changing Blender Brushes and Altenew’s Caribbean Sky Dye ink and added a bit of “water” to the vase image.

I adhered the Vellum sentiment to the card panel, then glued down one stalk and popped up the other two stalks using some foam tape.


I popped up the vase as well, then used a permanent black pen to draw the floral stalks into the vase so that the flowers looked like they were sitting inside the vase.

I adhered the panel to an A2 card base. I also added a few Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals in between the floral stalks for a little extra sparkle.


I stamped the same floral stalk and used Altenew’s Marigold ink to decorate the coordinating envelope.

And there…Card #2 is completed.

CARD #3: Thank You Card

I started off with the stem in Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set and stamped it a couple of times to get a larger image.

 

Then I grabbed the second largest floral image and stamped 4 floral images. I did use the included masks in the set to allow my fourth flower to appear behind the third. In the image below you can see the mask placed over the third flower, then I’ve positioned the fourth flower that will “overlap” but will appear behind once stamped. 

Sooooo…letterpress look. In theory it’s not that complicated, however it didn’t turn out perfectly for me..not bad for a first try I think, but I’ll definitely try it again. Here’s how….I die cut “Thanks” using Altenew’s Mega Thanks die out of white cardstock three times, then once out of vellum.

I adhered all layers together, ensuring that the vellum is on the bottom. Then I took Altenew’s Andromeda Dye Ink and pressed it onto the vellum side of the die cut ensuring a solid coverage of the ink one image.

 

I then placed the sentiment very carefully, and ran the entire panel through my die cutting machine using the embossing mat.

Then I carefully lifted the sentiment – and voila a letterpress look. 

I also stamped the colour layer for each of the flowers using Altenew’s Pink Diamond and Pinkalicious Dye Inks. 

I also stamped the colour layer of the leaves using Altenew’s Bamboo Ink.

I wanted to add a little more to my sentiment, so I grabbed Altenew’s Thinking of you stamp set and stamped “Dear Friend” below my letter press style “Thanks” using Altenew’s Jet Black Dye Ink. I love the look of that font it’s delicate but clear to read.

I then cut a panel of Gina K Passionate Pink cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhered my panel to it. I also added some Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals. I used an odd number as odd numbers are usually more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I also tried to position them in a “triangle” pattern which is also a rule learned through the Let It Shine class as it also helps to make it more pleasing to the eye. 

I stamped the same flower on the envelope and used the same Dye Inks to coordinate with the card.

 And Voila! Card #3 is complete!

CARD #4: Birthday Card

Starting with the bunch of tiny flowers in the Altenew Charming Doodles set, I did a background image by varying the height of the stamp across the card panel using Altenew’s Jet Black Dye Ink. This would help to create a clean and simple background while still providing solid coverage across the panel. I used Altenew’s Sunray and Chamomile Dye Inks for the flowers and Frayed Leaf Dye Ink for the leaves. 

I adhered this panel to a white A2 card base for a very clean and simple look

I took Altenew’s Happy Birthday Die and cut two using Neenah Solar White Cardstock and a third using Recollections’ Iridescent White Cardstock for a bit of shimmer. I stacked the die cuts making sure the Iridescent cut was on top. 

I made a coordinating envelope by stamping a small section of the floral bunch using the same Ink colours as the card panel.

I adhered the Happy Birthday sentiment to the upper right hand corner of the card panel to fill the empty space. It’s a subtle sentiment, but the shimmer is definitely there. I also added some Studio Katia’s Sparkle Crystals for a bit of shine. 

This was a pretty simple card, but a card doesn’t need to be super complex to be beautiful and I think this is quite pretty. And just like that, Card #4 is complete.

 

CARD #5: Thinking of You Card

So I wanted something very light and airy for this card so that I could focus on the die cutting element more as I was planning to make an Inlaid die card. Inlaid die means that you’ve filled in a die cut with the same fitting image. Sometimes you may use a different colour for some added pop or in my case create a stack to raise it slightly off the card base.

I started with the largest flower in the Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set. This time I didn’t use the outline stamp, only the colour layer. I used Altenew’s Pink Pearl Dye Ink and put down the first layer of colour. Then I took Altenew’s Rouge Dye Ink and instead of using the entire stamp covered in this colour I inked it up but then took a dry micro fiber cloth and blotted off the colour from the center of the stamp to allow a deeper shade around the edges of the flower for some depth.

I covered the entire panel with these flowers to create a background 

I then added the centers of the flower using Altenew’s Warm Sunshine Dye Ink.

Then I took one of the single leaves from the same stamp set and added leaves to each of the flowers to help fill in some of the white space. I used Altenew’s Misty Mint Dye Ink for the leaves as I wanted a colour that was subtle and would go nicely with the other colours. 

Then I took Altenew’s Mega You Die and cut out three from Neenah Solar White Cardstock and then I cut one directly out of my completed floral panel.

I stacked all of the die cuts together with liquid glue making sure not to loose any of the negative letter spaces as I wanted a shadow stack on the finished card. 

I white heat embossed “Thinking of” from Altenew’s Thinking of You stamp set using Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing powder on Gina K’s Black Onyx cardstock. I cut the strip down so it would fit nicely above the “You” cutout on the panel and I snipped the internal edge at an angle for a bit of flare. 

Then I adhered the floral panel to a white A2 card base and added some liquid glue in the empty space ready to place my die cut.

I added a few of Studio Katia’s Sparking Crystals to add a bit of shine to the card. I wanted to keep it subtle but wanted to make sure that I included something from the Let it Shine class. 

I also did the same floral stamp on the envelope to match.

I love the look of these raised Inlaid die cards. Card #5 is done!

CARD #6: Just for You Card

Last card in my Feminine Set. I wanted to use Simple Styling from Altenew’s Clean and Simple Boutique Card class for a nice clean card.

I started with the largest flower from Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set and stamped on a scrap piece of white cardstock. 

I used Altenew’s Ruby Red and Coral Berry Dye inks to fill in the flowers. I did a mix of one colour flowers and some with two colours. For the two coloured flowers, I did one stamp with the lighter colour, then inked up the stamp with the darker colour, but blotted off the colour in center of the stamp with a dry micro fiber cloth so that only the edges are inked, then stamped again. It gives the flower a bit more depth and interest. 

I then filled in the centers of the flower with Altenew’s Warm Sunshine Dye Ink for a pop of colour. I then die cut the flowers out as I’ll be popping them up later for some more interest.

Now onto the main panel. I started with the stem and leaf bunch and stamped it down a couple of time to allow for a larger bunch of stems as I wanted to place at least three of the flowers.

I used Altenew’s Forest Glades Dye Ink to fill in the leaves on the branches

I opted to use a “Just for You” sentiment using Jet Black Dye Ink

I added some foam squares onto the backs of the die cut flowers and then adhered them onto the branches near the ends of the stems. I only ended up using three of the four flowers I had stamped. Keeping an odd number tends to be more pleasing to the eye.

I cut a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s White Glitter Paper to approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhered my floral panel to it.

Then I added some Nuvo Glitter drops in Honey Gold to add a bit more sparkle to the flower centers. 

To add EVEN more shimmer, I used the Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen and coloured in over the petals of each the flowers. I love the look for the shimmer with this pen! I also stamped the same flower on a coordinating envelope to complete the set.

But WAIT! What’s a card without some more embellishment? Still an awesome card but I’m really loving Studio Katia’s Sparkle crystals, so I added a few to the panel of my card. Again I used an odd number and kept it within a triangular positioning to be more eye pleasing. 

And just like that all 6 of my cards for my feminine set are done!

PACKAGING:

So as a part of this challenge I was required to package these cards as a gift set. I opted to save my recycled item for the packaging. I found a really simple tutorial online by Catherine Pooler on how to make a simple card box. I opted to modify this tutorial to add a window in the cover of the box. I used old acetate packaging to make this window. The following will give a high level description of the process.

I started with two pieces of cardstock, one in grey for the base of the box, and one with Orange on one side and yellow on the other for the cover. I cut the panels down to 8 9/16 x 9 13/16 for the cover, and 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 for the base. 

I then scored both panels at two inches all the way around. Then snipped the corners to create the box folds.

 

Looking at both sides of the box I realized that the Yellow would suite my left over die cut elements better….so change of plans…

I used tape runner adhesive by Gina K to adhere the sides up and close the box top and base. 

In retrospect, it would’ve been easier for me to cut out a spot for the window BEFORE I adhered the sides….you live, you learn. Anyway….I cut out a window that would be slightly smaller than my recycled acetate piece. I used liquid adhesive to adhere the acetate to the lid of the box. 

I had some left over die cut pieces from my projects in this set, so I used them to decorate the outside of the box. 

Having a “fancy” window in the lid of the box means that I can show off one of my cards, so I picked to display the “Thinking of You” Card.


And Finally, the first part of the challenge is complete!


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PRODUCTS USED :

Altenew Stamps/Dies:

-Hello Card: Floral Shadow, Charming Doodles

– Sympathy Card: Beautiful You, Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossoms, Charming Doodles

-Thanks Card: Script Words 2, Charming Doodles, Thinking of You

Happy Birthday Card: Charming Doodles, Happy Birthday Die

Thinking of You Card: Mega You Die, Charming Doodles stamp set, Thinking of you stamp set

Just for You Card: Charming Doodles, 

Inks Used:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks (Colours listed in descriptions)

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Altenew’s Permanent Black Ink

Other Supplies:

-Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster,Gilded, Sterling, Icicle Embossing powder

-Nuvo Glitter Drops – Honey Gold

-Simon Says Stamp Vellum

-DCWV Metallics Paper Pad

-DCWV Shimmer Paper Pad

-Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Gina K Designs Cardstock (Black Onyx, Passionate Pink)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock ()

-Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Gina K Designs Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks- Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Seasonal Scene Building

Alright… So Seasonal Scene Building doesn’t mean what you think. The Seasonal Scene Building class at Altenew doesn’t only focus on things like Christmas cards. It’s really more about setting up scenes/backgrounds/focus. I however opted to use this opportunity to get my Christmas cards started… Shaker style!

I haven’t made a shaker card in quite a while but I’ve always found them cute and fun. I started with an ink blended background using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks in Eastern Sky, Azurite & Artic.

I stamped Altenew’s Winter Cottage stamp set onto the finished blended background.

For a bit of sparkle, I heat embossed Altenew’s Snowing stamp set several times using Hero Arts Unicorn white Pigment Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder. I used the white Pigment Ink instead of Versamark so that it would have a white base under the Sparkle embossing and look more like snow.

I then cut a sheet of Judikins embossable acetate and heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ from Altenew’s Mini Christmas stamp Set using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder.

Then I backed the acetate with double sided foam adhesive to allow the shaker bits to move freely once adhered on.

I used a rectangle die and cut out a border of Simon Says Stamp’s Glitter Cardstock so the frame measured approximately 4×5.25 inches.

I then adhered the main panel to the glitter cardstock. I added some shaker bits using a combination of Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm Sequins, Little Things From Lucy’s Cards – Caribbean Sequin Mix and Trinity Stamp’s Blizzard Shaker Mix. I added the acetate panel on top, then adhered everything to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches.

I wanted to add a bit of Christmas to the envelope. So I used the Altenew seal from The Stamping Village – Holiday Seals stamp set. VOILA! A vey cute holiday shaker card.

Altenew Stamps:

– Mini Christmas

– Snowing

– Winter Cottage

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Eastern Sky

– Azurite

– Artic

– Permanent Black Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– The Stamping Village – Holiday Seals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Waffle Flower’s A2 Layers Die Set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Glitter Cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder

-Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm Sequins

– Little Things From Lucy’s Cards – Caribbean Sequin Mix

– Trinity Stamp’s Blizzard Shaker Mix

– Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink

– Judi Kins Embossable Window Plastic

– Be Creative adhesive tape

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– 3M Foam Tape

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Ranger Blending Tools

Hello Baby Girls…

Two week old Twin girls need a warm welcome into the world. Although they shared the same womb that doesn’t mean they need to share the same card!

Card #1:

Using Stampin Up’s First Steps Stamp set, I stamped the tiny footprints and a beautiful sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed it all using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder on Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Cotton Pink. I used a heart edge border punch to decorate the edge.

I adhered this onto a panel of Recollections’ Iridescent White cardstock measuring approximately 4.25×5 inches. I applied a panel of craft foam to the panel and attached everything to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches… Done!

Featuring:

Stamps:

– Stampin Up’s First Steps Stamp set

Supplies:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Cotton Pink

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Recollections Iridescent White Cardstock

– Heart Border Punch

Card #2:

I absolutely LOVE this stamp. Sooo sweet. It could be used as both a welcome or sympathy card. But this one is definitely for a happy welcome!

I stamped the both the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder. For the sentiment I stamped in Catherine Pooler Dye Inks in ‘It’s a Girl’ and heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s ‘Fairy Dust’ embossing powder.

I then used an EK Success edge punch to decorate the trim of the main panel and adhered it to a panel of pink glitter cardstock measuring approximately 4 x5.25 inches. I backed it with craft foam and attached it to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches… Card #2 complete!

Featuring:

Stamps:

– Art Stamp/Carabelle Studio’s ‘Hello Baby’ stamp set

Inks:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder

Tools:

– EK Success Border Punch

BOTH CARDS:

Other Supplies:

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

Birthdays Galore!

Alright… So there are A LOT of birthdays coming up…which translates to a lot of cards to be made.

This time around I’ve opted to try Ranger’s Transfer Foil with double sided tape for a simple yet shiny card. I think it turned out pretty well. I love the look of foil but haven’t had time to try foiling with a laminator and toner sheets… But after this I’m willing to try.

Using double sided tape placed diagonally across the page, relitively evenly spaced. I then removed the tape paper and rubbed the foil sheets across the adhesive. Voila! I did have to go over a few spots with more foil to fill in a few gaps, then patted the surface with my anti-static bag to remove any left over adhesive.

Featuring:

– Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets

– Ranger Letterit ‘Birthday’ Designed by Taylor Huizenga

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

Another super simple card.. Black and white with a pop of red peeking out.

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Pinkfresh’s ‘Scripted Bold Sentiments 2’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Geometric Pattern Builder’ stamp set

A Few Masculine Birthday Cards

I always struggle with masculine and gender neutral cards. This of course is most likely because the bulk of my stash is floral or more delicate in nature.

Nonetheless men have birthdays too as do kids, teens.. Etc… So I’m working on mastering the art of less floral cards.

Featuring:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– The Stamp Market’s ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

– Altenew’s ‘Block Print’ Stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Clearly I love this layout and the Altenew block patterns!

Featuring:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Ranger’s Letter it ‘Birthday’ designed by Taylor Huizenga stamp. Set

– Altenew’s ‘Block Print’ Stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

This is was my first time using the Concord and 9th’s turnabout stamps.. I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it quite right, but will definitely try again.

Featuring:

– Concord and 9th’s ‘Sprinkles Turnabout’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– The Stamp Market’s ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

-Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Balloons’ Die set

– Hero Arts’ ‘Black Sparkle’ embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

A simple yet time consuming card. It’s a pattern paper that I did myself using a Simon Says Stamp stamp set.

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Best Ever’ stamp set

– The Stamp Market’s ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

– Hero Arts’ ‘Black Sparkle’ embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

-Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

I’ve been dying to try this technique with vellum over a loud print… Perfect opportunity and I really love this card. I’ll definitely be making this style again!

Featuring:

– Ranger’s Letter it ‘Birthday’ designed by Taylor Huizenga stamp. Set

– Altenew’s ‘Block Print’ Stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

A simple card using patterned paper that for the life of me I couldn’t find the pad to get the name but I know it came in the May Pink and Main card kit.

Featuring:

– Pink and Main patterned paper (from May 2019 card kit)

-Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Pinkfresh’s ‘Scripted Bold Sentiments 2’stamp set

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

One last card.. Using a die set I can’t find the name of. Looks simple, right? Doing a die i lay techique is a bit time consuming especially with small pieces. Lovely nonetheless.. Or i should say.. Manly….

Featuring:

-Gina K Designs ‘Men of Faith’ stamp set

– Bazzil Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

A Little Bit of Bling to Mark 80 Years Young!

So I was looking to do something classy but Shiny for a couple of ladies celebrating their 80th birthdays. I opted for some flashy patterned paper while keeping everything else reletively simple.

Featuring:

– Concord and 9th’s ‘Notable Numbers’ Stamp and Die set

– Recollections’ ‘Chateau’ Paper Pad

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Fiskars’ Corner Punch

Featuring:

– Recollections’ ‘Chateau’ Paper Pad

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Studio Katia’s ‘Gold Sparkle Crystals’

– Pinkfresh’s ‘Scripted Bold Sentiments 2’ stamp set

Birthday card.. Simple with Sparkle!

A simple, yet sparkly birthday for a dear friend. I hope she loves it!

Featuring:

– Gina K Designs’ ‘All Stars’ by Beth Silaika stamp Set

– Colorado Craft Company’s ‘Birthday’ Lovely Legs stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Clear Embossing powder

– Hero Arts’ Sparkle embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink